Leonard O. Scott
Leonard O Scott was born in Geddes, South Dakota in 1926. When he was a young adult, he was drafted into the United States Army and sent to basic training at Fort Polk. He was assigned to the 45th Division, 179th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion ,H Company, 2nd Platoon out of Ardmore, Oklahoma. He served time in Korea during the Korean War from December of 1951 to June of 1952. The war was not a topic he spoke much of during his lifetime, but his children do recall his crooked front tooth that he claimed got that way from catching bullets with his teeth during the war. For a time, his children believed that story! He left the Army just short of twenty years as a Sergeant First Class. Mr. Scott passed away in 2013 and most of his memories of the war were laid to rest with him. We are grateful for his service and are honored to remember Mr. Scott.
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Korean War - Key Events
December 6, 1950
The U.S. Marines at the Chosin Reservoir begin their “attack in a different direction” as they engage in a fighting retreat to the port of Hŭngnam. Two entire Chinese armies have been tasked with the destruction of the 1st Marine Division. They succeed in driving the American force from North Korean territory but pay an enormous price: as many as 80,000 Chinese troops are killed or wounded, and the CPVF Ninth Army Group is rendered combat-ineffective for months. “Frozen Chosin” becomes one of the most-storied episodes in U.S. Marine Corps history.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica